SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oral Roberts men's soccer student-athletes Dante Brigida and Miles Motakef were named Summit League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Denver senior forward Andre Shinyashiki has also been named this week's Offensive Player of the Week.
Brigida's teammate, Miles Motakef, captured his second weekly defensive honor after helping the Golden Eagles register a 5-1 victory over Gonzaga. The freshman goalkeeper turned away six of the seven shots he faced against the Bulldogs to help ORU improve to 4-2-1 on the season.
Brigida recorded his first career hat trick in the Golden Eagles' home win over the Zags. He would net the eventual game-winner in the 58th-minute as ORU scored four second-half goals in the victory.
Shinyashiki kept up his torrid goal-scoring pace through the first four weeks of the season, adding five more this week to his NCAA-leading total of 13. In a 3-1 victory over Harvard, he scored DU's first and third goals of the game and assisted on the game-winner over the Crimson. He netted his third hat trick of the season in the Pioneers' 3-0 blanking of No. 22 San Francisco.
Dante Brigida, Oral Roberts
So. | F | Edmond, Okla.
· Tallied first career hat trick in the win over Gonzaga
· All three goals came during the second half
· This is the first weekly honor for Brigida
Also nominated: Matthew Lieshout, Purdue Fort Wayne
Fr. | GK | Georgetown, Texas
· Collected second weekly conference accolade of young career
· Fended off six shots in 5-1 victory over Gonzaga
· Leads The Summit League with 37 saves
Also nominated: Tim Trilk, Western Illinois
Andre Shinyashiki, Denver
Sr. | F | Sau Paulo, Brazil
· Collected third weekly conference accolade of the season and sixth of his career
· Increased NCAA goal-scoring lead to 13 after combining for five in two DU victories last week
· Posted third hat trick of the season in a 3 -0 win over No. 22 San Francisco
Previous Players of the Week
O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver
D: Miles Motakef, Oral Roberts
O: Matthew Lieshout, Purdue Fort Wayne
D: Jonathon Burke, EIU
O: Andre Shinyashiki, Denver
D: Scott DeVoss, Denver
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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.
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